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Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus now on sale from Verizon for $299.99 with next day shipping  —  It's December 15th in parts of the US which means that the Galaxy Nexus is now available to purchase from Verizon.  It'll cost you $299 plus a two-year contract but you already knew that.
Discussion: The Next Web
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An iPhone Lover's Take On The Galaxy Nexus  —  You have to hand it to Google.  They know that I prefer Apple products and have been generally critical of many Google moves in the past couple of years.  And yet, they're unafraid to give me their newest products to test out.
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Verizon posts Galaxy Nexus simulator, doesn't cap your virtual data
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
My new job at ReadWriteWeb, and what it means for SplatF  —  If you follow me on Twitter, or follow tech news in general, you may have seen the announcement this morning that I'll be joining ReadWriteWeb as Editor At Large starting in January.  —  SAY Media, my business-side partner for SplatF, just acquired RWW.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
ReadWriteWeb Acquired by SAY Media
Ben Parr / Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings:
Seismic Shifts Have Radically Altered the Tech News and Blogging World
Discussion: @mmasnick
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
The fall of Microsoft's Andy Lees: inside the Windows Phone power shift  —  Over the past couple days we've gotten some additional details surrounding the circumstances that led to Andy Lees' removal from his role at the top of the Windows Phone org chart inside Microsoft.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Universal has ‘Tech News Today’ episode yanked from YouTube for reporting on MegaUpload promo video  —  We're still not sure what to make of the strange war that's erupted between file sharing service MegaUpload and Universal Media Group after MegaUpload posted a promo video that appears …
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Will.i.am: I Did Not Authorize Megaupload Video Takedown
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+ Hangouts: going beyond the status update  —  All too often, physical distance and frantic schedules get in the way of spending time together, especially during the holidays.  But you know what?  They don't have to.  —  With Google+ Hangouts, you can go beyond “status updates,” …
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Feds probing Carrier IQ  —  Federal investigators are probing allegations that Carrier IQ software found on about 150 million cellphones tracked user activity and sent the information to the cellphone companies without informing consumers, according to government officials.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Carrier IQ: We Volunteered to Be Grilled by the Feds
Discussion: Electronista and CNET News
Delicious Blog:
New Look on Delicious  —  We've received a lot of helpful suggestions from the Delicious community, and if you mosey on over to Delicious.com, you'll see we've been listening.  —  Updating the Design  —  We've begun a comprehensive overhaul of how the Delicious UI deals with information density …
Discussion: The Next Web
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft replaces veteran Xbox design boss  —  The Xbox team, in 2000, with the chrome Xbox concept prototype.  Don Coyner, who led marketing for the console, is wearing the patterned shirt in the middle row, far right.  —  As Microsoft's Xbox group moves toward launching a successor to the Xbox 360 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Neowin.net, VG247 and Kotaku
Sydney Morning Herald:
Bill Gates Confirms He Won't Return To Microsoft  —  Bill Gates refutes a full-time return to Microsoft, the company he founded, to spend the rest of his life working for his foundation.  —  Bill Gates today ruled out ever returning to the helm of Microsoft and dismissed harsh barbs by his former arch-rival Steve Jobs.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iTunes Match Starting to Roll Out Internationally - Spotted in UK, Europe, NZ, and Australia [Not Yet?]  —  Apple seems to be deploying iTunes Match into international music stores this evening, though there seem to be some ongoing glitches that suggests they could be an early mistake or a partial roll out.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Stolen iPhone?  Your iMessages may still be going to the wrong place  —  Those who have had a phone lost or stolen are familiar with the horrors that follow: the thief (or the person he sold your phone to) starts to send texts as you to your family and friends, leaving you scrambling to de-activate the device as soon as possible.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Glenn Fleishman / Boing Boing:
Font swap in iBooks  —  Apple is a cipher, and its reasons for making changes often a mystery.  A couple of days ago, the company updated its iBooks software for iOS devices to version 1.5, and added a de-skeuomorphizing full-screen mode (making the page similar to a Kindle display) …
Akshay Kannan / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Cloud Print picks up steam  —  Last April, we announced our plans for Google Cloud Print (GCP), the service that powers printing on Chromebooks as well as a new generation of connected apps and devices.  The goal of GCP is to enable simple, secure printing from any app on any device to any printer …
Jason Goldberg / betashop:
Behind the Scenes: How Fab Raised $40 million with a lot of data and not much pain  —  Let's face it, fundraising can be a real pain in the ass for the entrepreneur.  —  It takes up a ton of time that can be otherwise spent managing the business.  —  Sure, it's a necessary evil, but it's also typically a big distraction.
Rob Siltanen / Forbes:
The Real Story Behind Apple's ‘Think Different’ Campaign  —  This post was written by Rob Siltanen, chairman and chief creative officer at Siltanen & Partners.  —  Apple's remarkable rise, coupled with Steve Jobs' recent death, has prompted quite a few people to reflect on the historical impact of the …
Pew Internet:
Where people get information about restaurants and other local businesses  — Home - > - Reports - > - Where people get information about restaurants and other local businesses - > - Overview  —  Overview  —  People looking for information about local restaurants and other businesses …
Kaushik Sridharan / Google LatLong:
Mapping made easier with the new Google Map Maker  —  With 2012 approaching, we're getting a head start on our New Year's resolution to shed some excess weight and improve our overall appearance.  You may have seen our ongoing efforts to improve the look, feel, and user experience across many other Google products to date.
Zal Bilimoria / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Unveils a New iPad App  —  I'm Zal Bilimoria, and I'm a product manager at Netflix where I lead product innovation for mobile devices.  The new app is really a big step forward; it is much more immersive and provides greater focus on our growing catalogue by displaying twice as many titles than the previous interface.
Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
Anyone can build a Messenger client—with open standards access via XMPP  —  We've previously talked about the principles that guide us as we strive to continue delivering the most convenient ways to chat with the people who matter the most to you.  Today we're taking another step …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Intel reportedly creating new mobile-focused business unit  —  An internal Intel memo issued Wednesday has revealed the company's plans to form a new business unit that will roll up four existing divisions into a single “mobile and communications group,” according to CNN Money …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
As Banks Start Nosing Around Facebook and Twitter, the Wrong Friends Might Just Sink Your Credit  —  Can't pay?  Well, what about your friends?  —  Let's take a trip with the Ghost of Christmas Future.  The year is 2016, and George Bailey, a former banker, now a part-time consultant …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sonic Bringing 1 Gbps Fiber to San Francisco - Five Year Build Will Cover ‘Most’ of City  —  Sonic.net has announced that the company is bringing 1 Gbps fiber to the home service to San Francisco.  According to the company, the initial deployment will cover an initial pilot region …
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Samsung's snarky TV ads have harshed the iPhone's vibe
Discussion: BetaNews, Hardware 2.0 Blog and iClarified, Thanks:philiped
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
First Android Dedicated GPS Unit Actually Looks Pretty Decent
Discussion: Gizmag Emerging …
Katitza Rodriguez / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
SOPA undermines the U.S. in its negotiations for a free, open Internet
Alex Williams / ServicesANGLE:
Amazon Web Services First Major Cloud Provider to Open in South America with New Sao Paulo Data Center
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
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Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Live Nation Buys BigChampagne, Analyzer of Consumer Data
Erik Sherman / CBS News:
Amazon Big Brother patent knows where you'll go
Discussion: Gizmodo and Popular Science
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Ali Pasha / Google Affiliate Network Blog:
Introducing the Google Affiliate Network API
Discussion: WebProNews and Google Code Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LA-Based Startup Accelerator Amplify Launches $4.5M Fund With Backing From Mark Burnett, Brian Grazer, Eric Schmidt
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Hollywood Said to Court Amazon for Online Sales
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